Flatfile Collection

Artist Statement

Sabrina Marques creates large oil paintings and a series of small gouache illustrations on paper that depict the Cuban landscape of her imagination. Although she has never been there, Marques’ family was from Cuba. Since she was young she has absorbed the family stories. Through listening to stories which describe the landscape, politics, music and people, stories that relay histories of fortune and loss, her imagination wanders to try to compose the type of place that Cuba might have been and what it has become.

This intimate gouache series uses stippling, dots and line work to convey depth, and tonality. Each small square could be an illustration for a strange children’s story. These are dreamscapes, inventions cobbled together from family lore and creative play.